Diversity Committee

The College of Education Diversity Committee makes recommendations to Dean Bruce Johnson regarding diversity in the college. Recommendations include:

  • Creating educational or professional development programming related to diversity
  • Recruiting and retaining diverse faculty, staff, and students
  • Publicizing diversity-related events
  • Making recommendations for student orientations
  • Creating a process for members of the college community to express diversity-related concerns

The committee also is responsible for reviewing the college’s Diversity Action Plan annually to ensure the college is continuing its effort to implement its recommendations.

If activities related to diversity and inclusiveness are mandated by the university, the committee is responsible for executing these activities.

Diversity Scholarly Speaker Series

The committee just launched the Diversity Scholarly Speaker Series to address critical issues around diversity, equity, and inclusion.

To show the promise the College of Education has in being a leader throughout the world in driving conversations about equity in education, the committee has lined up five speakers for 2021. These speakers are experts in working with underserved populations on issues of racism, disability, and higher education (specifically, issues of college access, equity, and college persistence for undocumented Latina/o students and Indigenous college students).

After engaging in these conversations on current research, the committee will help translate the resulting concepts into practical recommendations for action for faculty, staff, students, and our communities.

Mini-Grant Program

The committee created a Mini-Grant Program to provide the College of Education community (administration, faculty, staff, and students), along with community organizations, agencies, or informal groupings of local community members, with the opportunity to:

  • Name, create, and implement initiatives aligned with expected results from the college's strategic plan that pertain to diversity, equity, and inclusivity 
  • Increase on- and off-campus partnerships

The Mini-Grant Program is funded by the university, with an ongoing yearly commitment from Arizona President Robert Robbins of $25,000 per year for up to five mini-grants per year. The committee evaluates the proposals and decides how money will be distributed.


  • Proposals due October 1 
  • Awardees notified no later than November 15 
  • Awarded programs must be completed by June 30

If selected, you will be required to report to the Diversity Committee and hold a brown bag in the fall after the awarded program is completed. 

Go to the Mini-Grant Program proposal form to start your proposal.

Additional Resources

If you'd like to request a training, presentation, or workshop, please contact Sherard Robbins, the college's associate director of equity and inclusion for community engagement. Robbins works with the college and the Graduate College to ensure that best practices regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion are being met at all levels.